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Sunday, July 12, 2015

FREEZING ZUCCHINI and GREEN BEANS

As a gardener, right about now, I'm facing a zucchini and green bean burnout.  While many are sick of them, I keep them all by freezing them.  Zucchini and green beans freeze well and in the winter months you say thanks.






Blanching
Bring some unsalted water to boil in a pot deep enough to completely submerge small batches. 


Once a rolling boil is reached, drop the zucchini into the pot for 2 minutes. When it comes out, the zucchini should still be firm.
Transfer into a very large bowl of ice water using to stop cooking, drain for a few minutes and pat dry.

Packaging
Use quart Ziploc bags and pack them as full as possible and push as much air out as possible before sealing.


You can use this same method to blanch and freeze green beans.  
Tip: trim green bean stems prior to blanching.